DCPS staff: The Equity Strategy and Programming Team initially launched affinity spaces as safe spaces for you to reflect and process following the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade.
One way to process in a safe space is through affinity. Affinity spaces are gathering opportunities for people who share a common identity. This space will be organized based on the racial identities represented in Central Office as we aim to lean into the Courageous Conversation condition of isolating race.
For more information about the benefit of racial affinity groups, please leverage this Teaching Tolerance resource: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/summer-2015/making-space
DCPS Central Office staff from the Equity, Community Action and SEL Teams will co-facilitate these discussions in affinity at least once a month but more frequently as requested by the group.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org